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Ohio welcomes new protections against runaway government regulations

Throughout my time in the General Assembly, I have come to realize that government often fails to use common sense in addressing state issues.

In 2008, the Regulatory Reform Task Force was assembled to gather feedback from residents on how to better ease the constraints of state government on the operations of business in Ohio.

During the course of eight public hearings across the state and countless hours of work, we heard from a number of small business owners, economic development experts, and private citizens all fixed on the goal of seeing true reform come to our state’s regulatory landscape. As chairman of the task force, this process reaffirmed my adamant belief that the best ideas regarding our future come from you – the hard-working people that keep our economy moving. In short, we learned that all too often state agencies lacked common sense when addressing Ohio regulatory issues.

After years of deadlock, the recommendations of the Regulatory Reform Task Force finally came to fruition with last year’s passage of Senate Bill 2. At its core, the measure is a sound attempt to restore government efficiency and remove the red tape that regularly prevents job growth in Ohio.

Under the provisions found in Senate Bill 2, the existing and proposed administrative rules associated with our statewide agencies will now be assessed in order to determine whether or not they pose any adverse impact on Ohio’s business community. If certain regulations are found to be working against our potential job creators, efforts will be made to mitigate the negative impact and to repeal burdensome rules. Additionally, the legislation made way for the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO) which will develop new standards for rule review and assist in determining whether or not a rule is inhibiting the ability of business to operate in Ohio. Simply put, we are breaking down the barriers that have long stood in the way of achieving real economic growth. Only through the creation of full-time, quality jobs and new opportunities will we be able to provide Ohioans with the necessary tools to provide financial security for their families. By streamlining government and holding our state agencies accountable for their actions, we are ensuring that your tax dollars are being used properly and effectively. I am confident that this innovative new approach will go far in restoring our residents’ faith in our state government.

Senator Keith Faber
12th Ohio Senate District

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about any of the matters we are considering at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-7584, by e-mail at or by writing me at State Senator Keith Faber, OhioStatehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.

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